Archive for February, 2010

Vacation to Tokyo

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Vito Acconci

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Acconci is a poet (and doesn’t he know it!) an architect, landscape artist and instillation artist. His earliest works are of audio and video installations, photography and performance art. His current work is all about architecture and space.  the current work is very eye catching, grand in scale and distorted.

I think the work is beautiful, but its hard to find images and descriptions of a majority of the work since his website is not working. I saw most of the images on artnet and they were not exactly what was described on other websites. I think his work is so different from his performance art, to his 2d work “A City of Words,” to his landscape pieces that I fail to see a connection between them all.

Nina Sobell and Emily Hartzell

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Nina Sobell and Emily Hartzell are two artists that work together to create art specifically with video that is uploaded on the internet. They are pioneers of cyber art, having the first live performance on the web on October 1994. They began to stream these videos weekly in 1994. Their current website is  parkbench.

The work is very interactive and the artist are not only collaborating with one another but the work cannot survive without the viewer. The work is all about connecting with people, making the internet a place for networking, which is amazing since it is seen as that type of tool now. I like the idea of many of the works and I think these artists are really testing boundaries. The work “thinking of you” is fascinating, using brainwaves to show how people think alike.

John Baldessari

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Born in California in 1931, He received his BA and MA from San Diego State College. Baldessari combines photographs, painting, text in his work. His work can be recognized by the colorful dots that he puts on the figures faces (or body) to obscure them or to change the meaning behind their actions and adding  humor into the images. He uses advertisements, stills from movies as his base of work. Baldessari then manipulates the photo with a  new interpretation cropping it, painting over it. He has participated in over 200 solo shows across the US and Europe.

I remember seeing Baldessari in art 21 and felt  his work reminds me of pop art, but was very recognizable and his own. I think his work-even the titles are very inventive and original despite using found images. I like the series “Somewhere Between Almost Right and Not Quite” or “What is Painting?” I visited his website and felt it was quite bare; the only pictures on his website are portraits of the artist.

Jenny Holzer

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Holzer uses protections and words as an instillation  all over the world. She places the words on buildings, famous landmarks her canvas. Each place she visits has a different message which is meant to be thought provoaking, to bring light to a suject or place that has been forgotten.  Her most famous work is “truisms,” which are short random statements that are based on urban myths, advertisements, or random subjects. She received a BA from Ohio University,  her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and honorary doctorates from the University of Ohio, the Rhode Island School of Design  and New School University.

I really enjoy this work. I don’t always understand the message but the work is though provoking. I especially like that she travels around the world to make these statements and they never seem preachy or out of context. Her work can be collaborative but unlike Arcangel I don’t mind it. the work seems to be her own and there is so much power in it.

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Cory Arcangel

Monday, February 8th, 2010

A digital artist who tries to show a connection between culture and technology.  His work is associated with nintendo and obsolete gaming systems. he creates his own NES  games like “I shot Andy Warhol”  (link below), or puts his own personal spin on already created images,  like “Sans Simon,” which is a performance of simon and garfunkle where the artist covers simon’s face. I got to say I don’t understand the significance of this. A lot or most of his work involves him “borrowing” other people’s work and changing a small part of them in order to put his own name on it.

I got to say I am not a fan. I have friends who make up their own NES games all the time and they don’t consider it art. Nothing about his work really jumps out to me, in fact his website is really boring, devoid of his own personal touch. The website is mostly links to other websites and videos of his band playing, scattered with a few links to the games he created. the only thing that made me really excited was Doogle which is a Neil Patrick Harris (or NPH as he is often called) google search engine but saddened me because   it doesn’t work. Cory Arcangel you are a giant tease. = (

Pipilotti Rist

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Pipilotti Rist. Still from <i>Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters).</i> 2008. Multichannel video projection (color, sound), projector enclosures, circular seating element, carpet. Courtesy the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and Hauser & Wirth Zürich London.

An artist from Switzerland, Rist doesn’t seem to want to limit her rage of expression. In her instillations & short films she focuses on color, poetry, sexuality, humor, movement, music, all to bring the viewer to a fantasy that is based in reality. She has an upcoming film pepperminta which will be considerably longer then her short films and will include a (clear) narrative.

Rist work is playful, colorful and has a very free spirited attitude. I wish the world she creates was a real place, one that we all could visit in real time. I am drawn to her current work, more so then her older work like “I’m not a girl who misses much,” which is, I guess a commentary of women in the media (or to point out how annoying the chipmunks music are).  Some of her work can be really trippy like “Be Nice to Me (Flatten 04),” which can be found on youtube.

Her current work is all about nature, softness  and femininity that really works well with her trademark use of color, movement and music. I think in this piece pictured below she is working with the architecture of the building and the collaborative aspect of the piece.

here is a video I found of her instillation at the MOMA. The artist encourages the viewers to sing, stretch yell, so the background noise is a bit loud.

Her current work is all about nature, softness  and femininity that really works well with her trademark use of color, movement and music. I think in this piece pictured below she is working with the architecture of the building and the collaborative aspect of the piece.
here is a video I found of her instillation at the MOMA. The artist encourages the viewers to sing, stretch yell, so the background noise is a bit loud.



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Pipilotti Rist: Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters) @ MoMA from fabian on Vimeo.

Jeffrey Wolin

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Wolin is a Photographer who focuses not just on the subject but the story they have to tell. His website show his various series and different ways he shows them (i.e. book, instillation). They definitely feel like collaborative pieces because without the stories the pictures would carry little weight.

I got to say I don’t care much for his work. it seems very heavy handed and the pro america message seems always present. Some of the photographs are very well done,  but in others the final photo is kind of mediocre making the viewer question why Wolin chose this photo- did it speak to him on the person’s character? does it have something to do with their background? I think my favorite pictures of his were one from Provence, and they did not forced.

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Arthur Liou

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Arthur Liou or Jawshing Arthur Liou is an artist from Taiwan who worked as a photojournalist before emigrating to the united states in the 1990’s.   He works with prints that he has digitally manipulated and turned into videos to create a very personal story. The themes that he is working with are  food, his ethnic background and illness- specifically his daughters battle with leukemia.

The work is very abstract and full of color and texture. I am drawn to the work that focus on his daughter’s illness in the series Blood Work, specifically because I think it is a very productive and cathartic way to deal with a problem like cancer.  I think overall the work ranges from awe-inspiring to creepy and disturbing.

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